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  • Regional Bikeways Planning

    Regional Bikeways Planning is a countywide effort involving OCTA, the Orange County Council of Governments, local jurisdictions, and bicycle stakeholders. The goals of the effort are consistent with those outlined in OCTA’s Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan including:

    • Suggesting regional priorities for optimal use by local jurisdictions
    • Assisting in coordinating plans between jurisdictions
    • Providing planning and design guidelines; and
    • Participating in outreach efforts to encourage bicycle commuting

    Project Status

    The Regional Bikeway Planning process has been ongoing since 2011 through a series of studies for four different subareas of the Orange County.  To date, studies have been completed for the North, West/Central, and South Orange County areas.  The OC Foothills area is currently being studied and encompasses Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Irvine, and portions of Anaheim.  For more details, please see the “OC Foothills” tab below.

    A comprehensive and complete bicycle network will greatly benefit Orange County residents and visitors. OCTA supports bicycle transportation as a viable commute alternative as well as an enjoyable recreational activity. 

    For this reason, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) adopted the 2009 Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan (CBSP) on May 22, 2009. The plan was originally written in 1995 and is intended to create a comprehensive blueprint of the existing bikeways in the county, as well as propose new facilities to complete a network of bikeways. The 2009 CBSP is provided to the cities and the County to adopt, if they so choose. As the plan is implemented by local jurisdictions, bikeways and improved bicycle facilities will make a positive contribution to Orange County's goal of a balanced transportation system.

    The CBSP is a regional planning document that identifies existing and proposed bikeways in Orange County. Through the cooperation of the cities and the County, an inventory was taken of existing bikeways, and priorities for new bikeways were identified. Prioritization of the proposed bikeways, as identified in the plan, was based on several factors, including input from local jurisdictions and the public, as well as connectivity to transit and regional destinations.

    In addition to analysis of existing and proposed bikeways, the document provides information on bicycle amenities, such as bike lockers, parking, signage and trail markings. It also includes a discussion of safety and education programs, innovative roadway markings, bikeway fundamentals and funding sources. The CBSP complies with the most stringent requirements for bicycle funding programs.

    OCTA encourages all cities and the County of Orange to apply for Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funds. The BTA is administered by Caltrans.

    Publications

    The Active Transportation Program (ATP), administered by the California Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation, was created by SB 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013) and AB 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes of 2013) to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.

    Fifty percent of funds will be awarded on a statewide basis. Forty percent of funds will be awarded to large metropolitan planning organization (MPO) with population greater than 200,000. Ten percent of funds will be awarded to small and rural regions with populations less than 200,000.

    The purpose of the ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:

    • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking,
    • Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users,
    • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals,
    • Enhance public health
      Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program
    • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users

    Under the ATP, Orange County cities and Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) have secured $21 million of new funding for active transportation.  On August 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the statewide Active Transportation Program Cycle 1 funding for nine Orange County projects.  On October 2, 2014, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council approved the regional project selection projects, which included 17 Orange County projects.  When combined with recent OCTA’s approvals, these actions result in $21 million of new active transportation funding.

    The cities and the County of Orange will be delivering these projects to their communities.  The cities and the county prepared and submitted the funding applications and will implement the projects. OCTA provided support to local agencies through planning documentation and facilitation of the application process.

    Active Transportation Program Funding Breakdown

    Statewide Active Transportation Program - $5.6 million
    Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Active Transportation Program - $13 million
    OCTA Bicycle Corridor Improvement Program (BCIP) - $2.2 million

    Additional Funding Source Information

    Learn more about OCTA BCIP Call for Projects

    http://www.octa.net/Share-the-Ride/Bike/Bikeways-Planning/Call-for-Projects/

    State and Federal Call for Projects
    The Bicycle Corridor Improvement (BCI) Program 2014 Call for Projects is a $4.3 million bicycle program available to local Orange County agencies. The guidelines and application are provided below. Eligible applicants must submit project proposals by 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2013.

    For details on the BCIP Call for Projects, click here.

    Bikeways Planning

    Regional Bikeways Planning

    Regional Bikeways Planning is a countywide effort involving OCTA, the Orange County Council of Governments, local jurisdictions, and bicycle stakeholders. The goals of the effort are consistent with those outlined in OCTA’s Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan including:

    • Suggesting regional priorities for optimal use by local jurisdictions
    • Assisting in coordinating plans between jurisdictions
    • Providing planning and design guidelines; and
    • Participating in outreach efforts to encourage bicycle commuting

    Project Status

    The Regional Bikeway Planning process has been ongoing since 2011 through a series of studies for four different subareas of the Orange County.  To date, studies have been completed for the North, West/Central, and South Orange County areas.  The OC Foothills area is currently being studied and encompasses Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Irvine, and portions of Anaheim.  For more details, please see the “OC Foothills” tab below.

    Master Plan

    A comprehensive and complete bicycle network will greatly benefit Orange County residents and visitors. OCTA supports bicycle transportation as a viable commute alternative as well as an enjoyable recreational activity. 

    For this reason, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) adopted the 2009 Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan (CBSP) on May 22, 2009. The plan was originally written in 1995 and is intended to create a comprehensive blueprint of the existing bikeways in the county, as well as propose new facilities to complete a network of bikeways. The 2009 CBSP is provided to the cities and the County to adopt, if they so choose. As the plan is implemented by local jurisdictions, bikeways and improved bicycle facilities will make a positive contribution to Orange County's goal of a balanced transportation system.

    The CBSP is a regional planning document that identifies existing and proposed bikeways in Orange County. Through the cooperation of the cities and the County, an inventory was taken of existing bikeways, and priorities for new bikeways were identified. Prioritization of the proposed bikeways, as identified in the plan, was based on several factors, including input from local jurisdictions and the public, as well as connectivity to transit and regional destinations.

    In addition to analysis of existing and proposed bikeways, the document provides information on bicycle amenities, such as bike lockers, parking, signage and trail markings. It also includes a discussion of safety and education programs, innovative roadway markings, bikeway fundamentals and funding sources. The CBSP complies with the most stringent requirements for bicycle funding programs.

    OCTA encourages all cities and the County of Orange to apply for Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) funds. The BTA is administered by Caltrans.

    Publications
    AT Funding

    The Active Transportation Program (ATP), administered by the California Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation, was created by SB 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013) and AB 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes of 2013) to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.

    Fifty percent of funds will be awarded on a statewide basis. Forty percent of funds will be awarded to large metropolitan planning organization (MPO) with population greater than 200,000. Ten percent of funds will be awarded to small and rural regions with populations less than 200,000.

    The purpose of the ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:

    • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking,
    • Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users,
    • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals,
    • Enhance public health
      Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program
    • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users

    Under the ATP, Orange County cities and Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) have secured $21 million of new funding for active transportation.  On August 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the statewide Active Transportation Program Cycle 1 funding for nine Orange County projects.  On October 2, 2014, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council approved the regional project selection projects, which included 17 Orange County projects.  When combined with recent OCTA’s approvals, these actions result in $21 million of new active transportation funding.

    The cities and the County of Orange will be delivering these projects to their communities.  The cities and the county prepared and submitted the funding applications and will implement the projects. OCTA provided support to local agencies through planning documentation and facilitation of the application process.

    Active Transportation Program Funding Breakdown

    Statewide Active Transportation Program - $5.6 million
    Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Active Transportation Program - $13 million
    OCTA Bicycle Corridor Improvement Program (BCIP) - $2.2 million

    Additional Funding Source Information

    Learn more about OCTA BCIP Call for Projects

    http://www.octa.net/Share-the-Ride/Bike/Bikeways-Planning/Call-for-Projects/

    Call for Projects

    State and Federal Call for Projects
    The Bicycle Corridor Improvement (BCI) Program 2014 Call for Projects is a $4.3 million bicycle program available to local Orange County agencies. The guidelines and application are provided below. Eligible applicants must submit project proposals by 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2013.

    For details on the BCIP Call for Projects, click here.

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    • OC Foothills

      OC Foothills

      The OC Foothills area encompasses the cities of Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, Irvine, and portions of Anaheim. The study to improve bicycling in this area is currently underway.

      Project Status

      The project development team met three times during winter 2014 to begin drafting the regional bikeway corridors, and OCTA hosted the first roundtable discussion for the OC Foothills Bikeways Collaborative on June 4, 2015, at Irvine City Hall to share the results.

      OC Foothills Bikeways Collaborative Roundtable Discussion #2

      Roundtable Discussion #2
      September 10, 2015
      5:30pm – 7:30pm
      Orchard Hills School, Multipurpose Room
      11555 Culver Drive
      Irvine, CA 92602
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      Roundtable Discussion #2
      September 10, 2015
      5:30pm – 7:30pm
      Orchard Hills School, Multipurpose Room
      11555 Culver Drive
      Irvine, CA 92602

      Roundtable Discussion #1

      OCTA hosted the first roundtable discussion for the OC Foothills Bikeways Collaborative on June 4 at Irvine City Hall.  At the meeting, we asked people to “Imagine Your Community by Bike.” Public participation is key to building friendlier bicycling communities, and we were able to get valuable feedback on the proposed corridors from people who work and live in the surrounding community.

      OCTA Board of Directors Chairman and Irvine Mayor Pro-Tem Jeffrey Lalloway gave an introduction and OCTA Board Director Todd Spitzer provided insight on the collaboration between cities and agency staff required for this project. Attendees were given a background presentation on the study area and how other communities throughout the country have incorporated better bikeways into their transit networks.

      Following the presentation, attendees and staff gathered around focused maps that highlighted specific areas of the study for “breakout” groups. The groups discussed the specific corridors for 30 minutes, then presented their ideas to the group. 

      All of the information that was gathered at the meeting will be used to re-rank the established corridors and will be presented at another public forum in the future.  Please check back in often for study updates.

      OC Foothills Bikeways Collaborative
      Roundtable Discussion June 4, 2015

      Map Handout
      Presentation
      Agenda
      Detailed Map

    • Completed Studies

      South Orange County
      The District 5 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2015. It identifies nine corridors that collectively comprise over 120 miles. Sixteen agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.


      West/Central Orange County
      The Districts 1 & 2 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2013. It identifies eleven corridors that collectively comprise over 120 miles. Seventeen agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.


      North Orange County
      The District 4 Bikeways Strategy report was completed in 2013. It identifies ten corridors that collectively comprise over 100 miles. 10 agencies collaborated to develop the report including the various project area cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans. Click the thumbnail to read the full report.

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    • ATP 2015 Allocation Requests

      Allocation

      Prior to advertising and awarding the contract, each project must receive an allocation from the California Transportation Commission.  For federally funded projects, Authorization to Proceed for each phase of work is also required after the allocation has been granted.

      Deadlines

      To process an allocation, an agency must submit the allocation request to the following agencies:

      For Regional Call Projects

      2015 CTC Meeting

      Due to OCTA Programming

      Due to Caltrans District 12

      Due to Caltrans HQ

      Final due to CTC Liaison

      January 22, 2015 - Sacramento Area

      Monday, November 03, 2014

      Monday, November 17, 2014

      Monday, December 01, 2014

      Thursday, December 18, 2014

      March 25-26, 2015 Orange County

      Monday, January 05, 2015

      Monday, January 19, 2015

      Monday, February 02, 2015

      Thursday, February 19, 2015

      May 27-28, 2015 - Fresno Area

      Monday, March 09, 2015

      Monday, March 23, 2015

      Monday, April 06, 2015

      Thursday, April 30, 2015

      June 24-25, 2015 - Sacramento Area

      Monday, April 06, 2015

      Monday, April 20, 2015

      Monday, May 04, 2015

      Thursday, May 28, 2015

      August 26-27, 2015 - San Diego Area

      Monday, June 08, 2015

      Monday, June 22, 2015

      Monday, July 06, 2015

      Thursday, July 30, 2015

      October 21-22, 2015 - Bay Area

      Monday, August 03, 2015

      Monday, August 17, 2015

      Monday, August 31, 2015

      Thursday, September 24, 2015

      December 9-10, 2015 Inland Empire

      Monday, September 21, 2015

      Monday, October 05, 2015

      Monday, October 19, 2015

      Thursday, November 12, 2015

      For Statewide Call Projects

      2015 CTC Meeting

      Due to Caltrans District 12

      Due to Caltrans HQ

      Final due to CTC Liaison

      January 22, 2015 - Sacramento Area

      Monday, November 17, 2014

      Monday, December 01, 2014

      Thursday, December 18, 2014

      March 25-26, 2015 Orange County

      Monday, January 19, 2015

      Monday, February 02, 2015

      Thursday, February 19, 2015

      May 27-28, 2015 - Fresno Area

      Monday, March 23, 2015

      Monday, April 06, 2015

      Thursday, April 30, 2015

      June 24-25, 2015 - Sacramento Area

      Monday, April 20, 2015

      Monday, May 04, 2015

      Thursday, May 28, 2015

      August 26-27, 2015 - San Diego Area

      Monday, June 22, 2015

      Monday, July 06, 2015

      Thursday, July 30, 2015

      October 21-22, 2015 - Bay Area

      Monday, August 17, 2015

      Monday, August 31, 2015

      Thursday, September 24, 2015

      December 9-10, 2015 Inland Empire

      Monday, October 05, 2015

      Monday, October 19, 2015

      Thursday, November 12, 2015

       
    • ATP Application Resources

      OCTA Resources

      OCTA staff developed a presentation to help local applicants understand Cycle 1 lessons learned and prepare for Cycle 2 applications.

      OCTA Contacts

      • Louis Zhao, Transportation Funding Analyst
        lzhao@octa.net 
        714-560-5494
      • Paul Martin, Active Transportation Coordinator
        pmartin@octa.net 
        714-560-5386

      Other Resources

      Forecast Walking and Bicycling Demand

      Note the following resources are available to help forecast future walking and bicycling trips related to infrastructure projects.  See also the Caltrans Cost Benefit Analysis Tool.

      Mapping & Analyzing Injury & Fatality Data

      The following are statewide databases to sort and map collisions.

      Public Participation

      The following are regional planning studies developed by OCTA.  If a potential ATP application concept is included with one of these regional studies, then OCTA suggests the agency highlight the consistency and include the outreach efforts conducted through the regional effort to strengthen your application.

      Additionally, OCTA suggest you highlight if your project concept is consistent with other local planning efforts such as bicycle or pedestrian plans, Specific Plans, and the City General Plan.

      Cost Effectiveness

      Public Health

      County of Orange Health Care Agency (OCHA) has offered their services to assist agencies with data and grant application preparation.  The following resources may be used in preparing the Public Health section of the application:

      The following are a few studies provided by OCHCA that may help with preparation of applications.

      1. Active Living Research – How to Increase Daily Bicycle Travel
      2. Ralph Buehler, John Pucher – Cycling to work in 90 large American cities: new evidence on the role of bike paths and lanes
      3. Reid Ewing, Robert Cervero – Journal of American Planning Association – Travel and the Built Environment
      4. Gregory W. Health et al. – Journal of Physical Activity and Health – The Effectiveness of Urban Design and Land Use and Transport Policies and Practices to Increase Physical Activity: A Systematic Review
      5. Gavin R McCormack and Alan Shiell – International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity - In search of causality: a systematic review of the relationship between the built environment and physical activity among adults
      6. Jenna R Panter et al. – International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity - Environmental determinants of active travel in youth: A review and framework for future research
      7. John Pulcher et al. – Preventative Medicine - Infrastructure, programs, and policies to increase bicycling: An international review
      8. Brian E. Saelens, Susan L. Handy – Med Sci Sports – Built Environment Correlates of Walking: A Review

      Disadvantaged Communities

      The ATP uses four measures to determine disadvantaged community status.  The following resources are provided for each measure.

      Conservation Corps

      Inclusion of a qualified Conservation Corps in an ATP project is required by statute.  The following are state and local contacts for Conservation Corps.

      Other Contacts

       
       
       
       
    • ATP Cycle 2 Information

      ATP Cycle 2 Draft Schedule and Fund Estimate

      Call for Projects

      Amount

      Total Program

      $359 million

      Statewide Call for Projects

      $179.5 million

      Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Call for Projects

      $76.2 million

      Projected Orange County Share from Regional Call for Projects

      $12.7 million

      Date

      Action

      March 26, 2015

      Adoption of ATP Cycle 2 Guidelines

      June 1, 2015

      Applications due to CTC

      September 15, 2015

      CTC project funding recommendations for statewide program

      October 22, 2015

      CTC adopts statewide program

      October 22, 2015

      Projects not programmed in statewide call distributed to SCAG

      December 10, 2015

      CTC adopts MPO regional selected projects

      Cycle 2 Documents

      All ATP Cycle 2 documents are available at the Caltrans ATP Cycle 2 Call-for-Projects webpage:

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